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Let’s not leave the men out: Trends in prostate cancer research

Let’s not leave the men out: Trends in prostate cancer research

The risks of getting prostate cancer depend on a variety of factors. Scientists have been studying the various effects of prostate cancer. Scientists have found that certain foods when included in your diet can significantly lower your risk of developing cancer. Tomatoes and soybeans contain chemical compounds that can help in preventing prostate cancer.

Tomatoes contain Lycopenes and soybeans contain Isoflavones. Based on this research some scientists are trying to create compounds synthetically that can be used as nutritional supplements, however supplements should be taken with caution. Other substances that could have beneficial chemical compounds include pomegranate, green tea, broccoli, turmeric, flaxseed, and soy.

In the United States there were 190,000 new prostate cancer cases accounting for 10% of all new cancer cases. The means of detecting prostate cancer are not perfect as many of the tests used for detection are still not very accurate. Prostate cancer is rare among men under the age of 40. As age increases the risk of getting prostate cancer also increases. Some researchers are also working on vaccines for prostate cancer. These vaccines cannot prevent prostate cancer but they can help in the treatment of it. This vaccine enables the patient’s immune system to recognise cancer cells earlier and thereby helps in destroying them. As scientists develop better techniques for the detection and treatment of prostate cancer, the mortality rate for this type of cancer will dramatically come down.
Ref: http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/prost.html

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